mounting, setting, and finding... what term is appropriate, and
what are the the differences?
mounting, setting, and finding are three of the words used constantly in the
industry, and among jewelry consumers. Some companies that manufacture
jewelry components call themselves "mounting companies", some
call themselves "setting manufacturers", and most do not use
either word in their company name.
and setting are terms often used seemingly interchangeably. I say
seemingly because there are subtle differences (at least in the way I
employ the two terms).
generally use the word "mounting" when I speak of the main
pendant, earring, finger ring, or other metal (usually) jewelry piece
intended to hold diamonds and/or colored gems.
me, the term "setting" is used when speaking of that same
jewelry component in its surrounding environment. Something like...
"The shape of the earring setting compliments your facial
of the word usages discussed above are in the context of objects. The two
terms are also used when speaking of an activity.
a gem in a jewelry mounting is a common way of referring to the process of
seating a stone in its intended place and securing it by tightening a bezel or
prongs. (I'll leave bead setting and other methods for a later newsletter
"Mounting a stone" is a term used by a
bench jeweler that I know. I'm aware that he means to seat and secure a
gem in a mounting, but I invariably get a mental picture of him standing
on top of a boulder.
finding" is a better defined word for me. I see the plethora of
small, add-on parts for a jewelry piece as jewelry findings. Clasps,
bails, heads, jump rings, and seemingly hundreds of other small, add-on
parts are in stock at jewelry findings houses and local suppliers.
jewelry findings house may stock hundreds of different heads, Platinum,
18K, 14K, and 10K gold... in yellow and white, rhodium plated, and
sterling silver, are most of the metal variations that are usually kept in
of course, come in various sizes and styles. For a particular job, a
bench jeweler may need a 6 mm, round, four prong peg head, in rhodium plated
gold. The head in the center of the photo below fits that description.
The photo above shows a ring mounting that takes a peg head. This type of
mounting is versatile, in that it will gracefully accommodate center stones of
various sizes and shapes.
Jewelry mounting, setting, and finding are terms interchangeable
enough that you will communicate with other jewelry people... no matter which
word you use.
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Next - Sterling silver ladies
three stone ring mounting
Next - Setting a gem in a
basket head with prongs
- Various jewelry findings
Next - Examples of a few head
- Ring mounting that accepts a peg head
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A Google search using keywords such as jewelry mounting or
jewelry components can return some very interesting
information and websites.
Here is this month's special gem deal. I have strands of
beautiful, lustrous, casual pearls in several lengths. Pearl admirers call them
baroque pearls, or potato pearls Compared to rice pearls, these are much larger.
As you can see in the photo, these quality pearls are uniform in
color and display outstanding lustre.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
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Gem Industry News
Las Vegas Jewelry and Gem
JCK Las Vegas Show -- June
1 - June 4, 2012
The 2012 premier jewelry industry trade show kicked off this morning
with an opening ceremony, some late arriving exhibitors setting up their
booths, numerous educational sessions, and various social gatherings
throughout the day and evening.
Most of the people attending are retail jewelry store owners,
management, and some jewelry website business people. Their primary
interest are in visiting pre-identified exhibitors... and then freelance
cruising many of the other booths.
Many jewelry industry manufacturers exhibit their new and/or best
selling lines at this show. Jewelry lines, watch lines, tabletop lines,
and luxury leather goods are all here to be seen.
In addition, tools and equipment, showcases, display
and packaging products, and other jewelry store necessities are on display
and available to be ordered.
AGTA GemFair -- May 31, 2012 - June 4, 2012
The 2012 AGTA GemFair™ at the JCK Las Vegas Show is
located in the South Pacific and Islander Ballrooms in the Mandalay Bay
This is a "delivery show" where registered
buyers can examine, select, purchase, and carry away, loose gems and
The 2012 AGTA GemFair™ gem show began yesterday. Attendees
could come to the JCK show site and register (or pick up their credential),
and then pay a first visit to the gem show.
From a supply perspective, now is the time to replenish your depleted inventory.
If you have some money to invest in inventory - there are deals to be had.
And you should have some cash. After all, that depleted inventory was sales.
From a sales perspective, gift giving occasions have not disappeared. Birthdays,
anniversaries, and many other reasons to give nice jewelry at a great price just
keep on coming. Your customers (and their friends) need what you offer!
A market where people perceive they should spend less fits right into your
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